• Creative Loafing Celebrates 10th Annual Tampa Bay Restaurant Week, Brings Together Local Chefs for Meet The Chefs

    (May 16, 2017 – Tampa, Fla.) – Creative Loafing’s Tampa Bay Restaurant Week is back for it’s 10th year from June 15th through 25th with three-course prix fixe menus at participating restaurants throughout Tampa Bay—and to kick it off, Creative Loafing will host the third annual Meet The Chefs on Thurs., June 15th, from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Vault (611 N. Franklin St. in downtown Tampa).

    In celebration of Creative Loafing’s annual Food Issue on stands June 15th, participating Tampa Bay area restaurants, for a limited time from June 15th through 25th, will offer three-course prix fixe menus (and additional special menu offerings—like exclusve Tito’s Handmade Vodka drink specials) for only $30 or $45 per couple or person as part of Tampa Bay Restaurant Week. It’s a great way for foodies to dine at restaurants they’ve been dying to try or can’t get enough of.

    Tampa Bay Restaurant Week’s kickoff event, Meet the Chefs, provides attendees an exclusive opportunity to participate in a meet and greet and sampling opportunity with more than 10 of the chefs behind favorite local Tampa Bay area restaurants and menu items. Each of the chefs—Ava’s Chef Joshua Hernandez, Ox and Fields’ Chef Viet Vo, and The Refinery’s Chef Greg Baker, to name a few—will be sampling a soup, appetizer, or main course to make up a small plates meal accompanied by drink pairings handpicked by the chefs. Tickets for Meet The Chefs are on sale now for $50 for General Admission in Advance and $65 for VIP in Advance at cltampa.com/chefs. This event sold out in 2015 and 2016.

    For this year’s Food Issue, CL unwraps some of Tampa Bay’s tastiest sandwiches, everything from familiar favorites to best-kept secrets, with a little help from CL readers. Learn where you can find the best vegan pulled pork (it exists!) and a Cuban that’s even worthy of Alton Brown’s standards (yup, we’re going there). But remember: we said sandwiches—burgers, hot dogs and other “handhelds” can wait.

    Those interested in staying up-to-date on all things CL’s Foode Issue, Tampa Bay Restaurant Week, and Meet The Chefs, including participating restaurants and chef announcements, should RSVP to the Tampa Bay Restaurant Week 2017 Facebook digital event here.

    About Creative Loafing
    Creative Loafing is an award-winning alternative, weekly newspaper and website committed to providing Tampa Bay with an independent perspective, up-to-the-minute local news, and a comprehensive listing of local happenings. Creative Loafing offers readers’ unique monthly events and CL Deals, a locally focused platform featuring dining and event experiences at half-off their regular price. For more information about Creative Loafing, visit cltampa.com and cldeals.com.

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